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Legal news from Sunday, February 10, 2008
by Eric Firkel

US Army sniper Sgt. Evan Vela was convicted Sunday of unpremeditated murder for the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near Iskandariyah and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The military jury also found Vela guilty of making a false official statement and of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline. He had been charged with …

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by Benjamin Klein

Bilateral arms control agreements negotiated by the US and Russia during the Cold War should be replaced by multilateral agreements, former Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday. Ivanov, who now serves as Russian first deputy prime minister, referred to bilateral agreements, including the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt 1), as relics of the past that …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Khmer Rouge communist regime of the 1970s, has returned to ECCC custody after his hospitalization last week, an official for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said Sunday. In …

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by Devin Montgomery

 The Rwandan Chamber of Deputies has passed legislation that would make promoting "genocide ideology" a crime, punishable by life in prison for the worse offenders. The bill was passed unanimously by the country's lower house Friday, and now must be approved by the Rwandan Senate and signed by President Paul Kagame before becoming law. …

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by Eric Firkel

Former Chinese newspaper editor Yu Huafeng has been released early from prison after serving four years on corruption charges, Reporters without Borders said Saturday. Yu and his colleague Li Minying were both convicted in 2004 for embezzlement, bribery and corruption. Both men claimed the money in question was obtained legally …

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by Eric Firkel

Retired Argentinean military officers Paccagnini Ruben and Emilio Del Real were arrested by Argentina's Federal Police Saturday in connection with the August 1972 massacre of 16 leftist guerillas on a military base in the southern city of Trelew. Ruben and Del Real face charges of torture, homicide, attempted homicide and illegal detentions for …

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